Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
December 2019
The First Sunday of Advent
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates
December 1, 2019

The German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, 1681-1767, was almost completely self-taught. His family intended that he should study law, but he chose a career in music instead. He held important positions in Leipzig and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of that city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving him. 
Telemann was one of the most prolific composers and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German musicians. He was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's writings created the music which would define the German Lutheran choral tradition.
For the First Sunday of Advent, on December 1st the LOTI Church Choir and guest instrumental ensemble from the Lake String Quartet will perform one of Telemann's most popular compositions, Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates. It is a cantata based on a portion of the text from Psalm 24. Who is this King of glory? It is the LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and let the King enter in. Among the copies of this cantata which have been handed down is a copy by J. S. Bach which bears testimony to the high respect he paid to his then more celebrated colleague from Hamburg: Bach performed the cantata himself in the Thomas Church in Leipzig in 1734. 
Join us on Sunday, December 1st, the First Sunday of Advent with a festive collage of trumpet music from Torelli and Buxtehude, as well as the marching rhythms of our own Salvation Army band.

Peace, Pastor Arden Haug
Children's Ministry

Winter Gear Drive

Thank you  for your amazing response to the winter coat/gear drive! 150 donations went to People for Pride in Living a few weeks before Thanksgiving - just in time for the cold weather. Thank you for helping take care of others in our community in need of help!


College Care Packages
Care packages will be mailed after Thanksgiving to our college age members. The packages were filled with a variety of snacks, cards from the Sunday School children and a letter of encouragement from Pastor Haug.  

Thank you to the Sunday School families for their generous donations for the care packages!

Important Sunday School Dates


DEC 14

DEC 15

DEC 22 & 29
NO Sunday School
Thanksgiving Weekend

9:30-10:30 am
Christmas Program Rehearsal

Christmas Program 
during Worship

NO Sunday School

Our Saviour's Housing Shelter Meals

Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church has provided a meal for 40 the first Friday of every month for many years. This is a wonderful opportunity for families or a group of friends to work together! 

Thanks to Women's Bible Study  for serving on November 1.

Volunteers for Autumn 2019
6 Cheri Moe & Family

Sign up to volunteer for a month in 2020


Contact  Cheri Moe or phone (952) 431-5226 for more information.
Recipes are provided. 
Thrivent members are eligible to apply for a Thrivent Action Grant to cover the cost of the meal and purchase supplies for Our Saviour's Shelter continuing needs.
For those who are Thrivent members, but are not able to make the meal, please consider applying for this grant in advance (4-6 weeks lead time) for other volunteers' use to serve. 
If you have not served the meal, feel the cost is more than you can comfortably contribute, or would like to work with others, contact Cheri Moe or Linda Nelson. You will be connected with  others for a shared, enjoyable experience. 

Join us 
Saturday, December 7
for a time of camaraderie
in the Christy Room

Please join LOTI Women's Fellowship ~ Priscilla Circle. 
There is no membership requirement or time commitment. 
Just come to enjoy the fellowship, for a few minutes, 
or a couple of hours! 
(No knitting skills required)
Festival Service of Lessons and Carols
lessons and carols
In  December 1918, only weeks after the end of  World War I,  the war to end all wars , Eric Milner-White, the Dean of King's College, Cambridge, penned the worship service which is known as the Festival Service of Lessons Carols. Milner-White served as a chaplain in the British Army in the trenches of World War I, and knew the tragedies of war.  Having experienced the horrors, he wanted to comfort his fellow soldiers with a simple retelling of the prophecies of the Old Testament and the promise and hope of the Christmas gospel.  
Harpist Andrea Stern, along with trumpeter Benjamin Alle and the LOTI Church Choir will lead the congregation in a Festival Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 8th.  This year's worship service will feature carols and melodies including A Carol from an Irish Cabin, Suo Gan A Welsh Lullaby and a Caribbean melody,  Da Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy.
The worship service will be followed by the annual Christmas Tea.
Visit of Saint Nicholas
December 8
St. Nicholas, the bishop of Myra in modern day Turkey, was an early priest in the Christian Church, he died around 342 AD. Legends that surround Nicholas tell of his love for God and neighbor, especially the poor. He became known as the symbol of anonymous gift giving.  
St. Nicholas Day is traditionally celebrated on December 6th, so polish your shoes, or you may only receive coal this year.

Christmas Tea
Our annual tea will be held on Sunday, December 8
Due to recent circumstances at LOTI, such as the late Thanksgiving holiday, we will not hold the cookie sale this year. However, we will need cookie donations for the tea, as well as other items; help with set-up, serving, and clean-up  
A sign-up sheet will be available 12/1 during coffee hour. 
Set-up will be at 9:30 am on  Friday, December 6th OR Saturday, December 7th  .  

Preferred menu items for donation: 
mini quiches
crackers lefse
sliced sausage quick breads
punch supplies
cheese spreads
smoked salmon
rice pudding 
veggies and dip
cucumber sandwiches herring
Women's Bible Study

Our group meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays. 
However, due to holiday schedules we will meet
Tuesday, December 10,  7:00pm  in the Library. 
This session's text is Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More by Melissa Spoelstra.

Growlers & Theology
The informal study of  theology and adult beverages continues. Following the model of Luther in his home in Wittenberg, Germany, Pastor Haug leads a twice monthly gathering at the Parsonage
The next meeting is  Thursday, December 12th, at  7:00pm .
Children's Program & Santa Lucia
St. Lucia was a young Christian of Sicily who was martyred in 304 AD during the persecution under Emperor Diocletian. According to tradition, she had decided to devote her life to God and to give her possessions to the poor. In Sweden in the late 1700's, there were legends of a woman appearing in times of great famine distributing food to the starving. Perhaps because the name Lucia means light, and since her feast day fall on December, the week that marks the darkest days of the year, these stories were in turn attributed to the goodness and generosity of St. Lucia.
St. Lucia will make her lighted appearance as a part of the Sunday School Children's program at Lake of the Isles during worship on  Sunday, December 15th.   The Sunday School will present a retelling of the story of Jesus's birth from the book of Luke. The program will include readings, singing and bell ringing ~ and of course, they will wear costumes which makes for some memorable parent and grandparent photo opportunities. 
LOTI Book Club
You're Invited
to Read with Us! 
Gatherings are held at the
 Home of Debra Gilroy 

Our selections for 2019-2020 meetings are:
December 13
Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, &
 Priscilla Warner

The Faith Club
January 24
Geraldine Brooks,
People of the Book
February 28
Mary C. Neal,
To Heaven and Back
March 27
Anne Lamott,
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

December's Selection...

A groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, The Faith Club weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another.
When an American Muslim woman befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, they decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Faith Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions.
Pioneering, timely, deeply thoughtful, and full of hope, The Faith Club's caring message will resonate with people of all faiths.

Snacks and beverages are shared.
Contributions are welcome, but not required.
Join us for
Julbord - Christmas Smörgåsbord
Saturday December 14, 5:00 pm 
Sunday, December 15,  12 noon

Glögg (warm spiced wine) or Hot Apple Cider and Ginger Cookies
Creamy Saffron Herring
Tomtens Favoritsill - Santa's Favorite Herring 
Aquavit Herring
Sillsallad - Herring and Beet Salad
Eggs topped with Dill Crème and Greenland Shrimp
Three kinds of Swedish Cheese
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Dill & Vodka Marinated Salmon served with Sweet Dill Mustard Sauce
Jul Lax - Baked Salmon topped with Christmas spices and mustard 
Julskinka - Swedish Christmas Ham
Apple Sauce and Mustard
Cold Roast Beef
Homemade Beet and Apple Salad
Pickled Cucumbers
Blue Cheese & Brie and a Variety of Crackers and Olives
Jansson's Temptation 
Dopp i Grytan - "Dip in the Pot" - and Home Baked Vört Limpa
Meatballs and Lingonberries
Prinskorv - Swedish Wieners
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Swedish Potato Sausages and Mustard

Dessert Table
Ris á la Malta - Creamy Rice Pudding - served with Sweet Fruit Sauce
Ginger Cookies and a variety of Swedish Cookies
Fresh Fruit Platter
A variety of Swedish Candy
Bite Size Flourless "Brownies" topped with Whipped Cream
Skumtomte Pannacotta - Pannacotta flavored with Swedish Christmas Candy
Glögg Marinted Pears served with Saffron flavored Whipped Cream

$32.00/person, all inclusive
$16.00/ children  5 -12  
free of charge/children under 5

God Jul och Hjärtligt Välkomna!

The monthly smorgasbord not only offers an opportunity for LOTI friends and neighbors to gather for fellowship & enjoy genuine Scandinavian hospitality, but the meals also support the benevolence work of our congregation. Proceeds are directed towards those less fortunate in our immediate community. Through the proceeds of the monthly smorgasbord, LOTI supports 
Joyce Community Food Shelf, Our Saviour's Housing and Community Emergency Services.
Christmas Caroling!
You are invited to join the chorus caroling on 
Friday, December 20th at 7:00.  
We will gather at the home of Bernie and Michelle Reisberg to sing Christmas carol around the neighborhood before return to the 
Mary Tyler Moore House for refreshments. 
Please bring an appetizer to share.
RSVP to Pastor Haug.

Christmas Eve at LOTI

We will offer two worship services at Lake of the Isles 
on  Christmas Eve, December 24th, both with Holy Communion. 

The Family Service at 4:30 pm will be designed for families with younger children. The service will feature a living nativity scene at the manger. 

The  10:00 pm Candle Light Service of Holy Communion will celebrate the mystery of the Word made Flesh.  
The LOTI Church Choir, together with guest musicians will perform a pastoral mass by German composer Karl Kempter, the 19th century organist in the cathedral in Augsburg, Germany. In parts of Germany and Poland, it was popular for church organists to compose a more lyrical, melodic Christmas liturgy for Christmas Eve which focused on the arrival of the shepherds. Kempter's simple style includes French horns to sound like shepherds in the nearby Alps. The service will close with the candle lit singing of Silent Night.
New Year's Eve Worship
The final worship service of the year will be held 
on  Sunday, December 29th, at 9:30 am.   It will be an occasion to reflect on the old and look to the possibility of God's grace in the new year.   
End of the Year Thoughts
Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

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If you're 70 and ½ or older , you can give an amount up to $100,000 each year from your IRA directly to a qualified charitable institution without having to pay income taxes on your gift.
No matter your age,  you can designate Lake of the Isles as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your IRA.  As a tax-exempt organization, we receive your gift tax-free.
LOTI Choir
Weekly rehearsals are 
Wednesdays at 7:15.
We are preparing for weekly anthems as well as music for Advent and Christmas.
New singers are welcome!
Join us!
praying hands
Prayer Ministry Group
We welcome all who would like to join us on 
Tuesdays  from  9:15-10:00 am in  the Christy Room. 
Questions?  Contact  Janna Haug Debra Gilroy   or  LInda Nelson
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Join us on Wednesdays at 
10:00 am for Bible Study. The informal study explores the Letters of St Paul. And yes, coffee and treats are a part of every Wednesday morning. 
Fellowship Hall Exhibition


Louise Gillis is a classically trained painter of all mediums. For over twenty-five years, she has achieved notoriety as both a painter and instructor. Her knowledge of impressionist color theory sets the stage for portraiture, still life, interiors, landscape and murals in oil, watercolor, pencil and charcoal. This versatility allows Louise to focus on the needs of her subject matter and create the vibrancy and depth of each individual painting.
She is pleased to exhibit her paintings at beautiful Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church. 

( 612)865-2728
Pastor Arden's 2020 Tour has 4 places remaining...

Featuring the Oberammergau Passion Play as well as
Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany 
& the Czech Republic
June 21- July 3, 2020

December Birthdays
Katherine Mechels
David Brost
Steve Hoyt
Carol Kuehn
Natalya Rose Haug
Emily Melbye
Gregory Sarles
Hayden Nelson
Tommy Nesheim
Lars Olson
Guthrie Frahm
Mary Flynn
Lauren Huffman
Jorgen Olson
John Zachman
Pauline Haug
Chris Hovda
Allyson Sprain
Shirley Carlson
  1 Linda Nelson and Jenny Cook
December   8 2 ushers TBD
15 Don Holzschuh & Mark Duff
22 Ross Bartels & Brenda Weigel
24 2 ushers TBD, 4:30 pm
24 2 ushers TBD, 10:00 pm
29 Eric Amann & Andrea Nyhusmoen
Altar Servers
December   1 Linda Nelson & Pauline Haug
  8 Mary & Dave Goplen
Carolyn & Dave Hagford
22 Kathy Hering & Linda Nelson
24 Pauline Haug & Eivor Lund, 4:30 pm
24 Kathy Hering, Carolyn & Dave Hagford, 10:00 pm
Ellie Holmquist, Ruth Lee & Eivor Lund
Worship Assistants
December   1 Steve Hoyt
  8 Kathy Hering
15 Michelle McCreery
22 Mary Sabatke
December 24 Marty Carlson, 4:30 pm
24 Mary Sabatke, 10:00 pm
29 Steve Hoyt
Coffee Hour Hosts
December   1 Brenda Weigel & Ross Bartels
  8 Christmas Tea
15 Mary Knoblauch & Marty Carlson
22 Eric & Renata Amann
29 Pauline Haug & Janna Haug
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Upcoming Events
December 1- 9:30 am
1st Sunday in Advent

December 6 - 9:30 am
Shelter Meal
LOTI & Our Saviour's

December 7 - 9:30 am
Priscilla  Circle
Christy Room

December 8 - 9:30 am
Lessons & Carols

December 8 
Saint Nicholas Visit
Sunday School

December 8 - 10:45 am
Christmas Tea
Fellowship Hall

December 10 - 7:00 pm
Women's Bible Study

December 12 - 7:00 pm
Growlers & Theology

December 13 - 5:00 pm
Women's Book Club
Home of Deb Gilroy

December 14 - 9:30 am
Sunday School Program Rehearsal

December 14 - 5:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

December 15 - 9:30 am
Sunday School Program 
& Santa Lucia

December 15 - 12:00 noon
Fellowship Hall

December 20 - 7:00 pm
Christmas Caroling
Home of the Reisberg

December 22 - 9:30 am
4th Sunday in Advent

December 24 - 4:30 pm
Family Service

December 24 - 10:00 pm
Candlelight Service

December 29 - 9:30 am
New Year's Eve Worship

Inspired by Christ, living and growing in faith, Lake of the Isles is a loving and open community of worship, witness, and service in God's world

Worship Service: 9:30 A.M.
Coffee Hour: 10:40 A.M.

Children are always welcome in worship. However, if the need arises, the Christy Room is staffed with a Nursery Attendant for your child. If you need assistance, please ask one of the ushers to help yo u.

Staff Members

Rev. Dr. Arden D. Haug - Pastor
Dawn Allan - Choir Director
Diane LaMere - Children's Ministry
Linda Nelson Office Manager
Tori ReisbergNursery Attendant
Sandy Swan - Wedding Manager

(612) 377-5095

Council Members
Ross Bartels - Treasurer
Martin Carlson - President
Casey Christy 
Jenny Cook
Ross Formell - Vice President
Debra Gilroy
Reagan Gusman
David Hagford
Kathy Hering
Chanda Olson
Jorgen Olson, Youth
Jon Sprain - Secretary
Joshua Wilcox

Michelle McCreery - LOTILink, Website, & Social Media

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